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FROM CIVILIZED SYDNEY TO THE AUDACIOUS OUTBACK
A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY
WINTER IN BELIZE EXPLORING THE ADVENTURE COAST
HOLIDAY SHOPPING TOP 10 RETAIL THERAPY DESTINATIONS HOLIDAY 2018
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Travel More. Spend Less.
INSIDE this issue AUSTRALIA 4 SYDNEY, 48 hours down under.
LIGHT 16 TRAVEL Mens on trend packable attire.
YOU WERE HERE 10 WISH Ten bucket list destinations.
MUST-DO’S 18 SIX Australia six ways from Sunday.
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GEAR 24 TRAVEL Trending gadgets and stuff. GERMANY 28 BERLIN, An urban photographic journey.
FROM CIVILIZED SYDNEY TO THE AUDACIOUS OUTBACK
SUN 40 TUSCAN Traveling to Follonico, Italy.
WASTE TRAVEL 56 ZERO Yellowstone wildlife safari.
ZEALAND 60 NEW Spectacular off the grid locations.
Capturing the Kilauea volcano.
A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY
WINTER IN BELIZE EXPLORING THE ADVENTURE COAST
HOLIDAY SHOPPING TOP 10 RETAIL THERAPY DESTINATIONS HOLIDAY 2018
COME ALONG ON THE JOURNEY at DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
52 BELIZE Get away to the adventure coast.
THERAPY 66 RETAIL Holiday shopping around the world.
Whether your winter getaway includes a white sandy beach, the Australian outback or hyper urban art scenes, this issue of DRIFT is dedicated to the nouveau traveler. Come along on the journey as we discover ancient lands and modern destinations. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 3
PUBLISHER GLOSSY MEDIA
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PRODUCTION/EDITORIAL CHOY TEH, RUSS WALSH, GRANT CHARLESWORTH. STEVE DRAKE, GARY KILBY, AMANDA SOUFI, JILLIAN DICKENS, PAUL NOLMAN
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S Y DNEY AUSTRALIA BY: STEVE DRAKE
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Where to Stay
Swissôtel Sydney swissotel.com/sydney Located right in the heart of Sydney’s downtown, close to the Sydney Opera House and the lush Botanical Gardens the Swissôtel Sydney is close to many of the sight and sounds you will want to take in. This luxury five-star hotel offers 369 rooms and suits that are fresh and modern. The hotel’s Signature Skyline rooms and suites, all boast breathtaking views stretching from the Sydney business district all the way to the Blue Mountains. If you are looking for a little pampering, regenerate, refresh and reward yourself with some well-earned rest and relaxation at Swissôtel Sydney’s Spa and Sport. Enjoy a carefully crafted range of signature face and body treatments. Are cocktails more your fashion, then make sure to stop by the Crossroads Bar. This reintroduction to the classic hotel bar can accommodate large groups or couples looking for a cozy corner. Another option is to order the in-room bar and “Build Your Own Cocktail”.
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Where to Eat The dining choices in Sydney are almost endless, but on this trip I want to find something a little different. These two fit the bill perfectly.
Alibi Bar & Kitchen alibibar.com.au
Night 1 - I headed to the Woolloomooloo district to try out a new plant-base restaurant call Alibi. Located within the Ovolo Hotel, Alibi offers an incredible menu created by plant-based chef Matthew Kenney. Kenney’s food philosophy is simple, “clean eating need never compromise on taste” This evening started with one of their signature cocktails, The Godfather Thompson. A mix of Laphroaig 10-year-old scotch whiskey, barrel aged whiskey bitters, angostura bitters, orange and liquid nitrogen. Wait for the liquid nitrogen to evaporate, then pour the mixture in to your glass. Very tasty. As a true carnivore I wasn’t sure what to expect from a planet-based menu. But fear not, these dishes are amazing. Full of flavor, texture and well seasoned. If fact after only a few bites I forgot for a moment that there was no meat. My favorites, Kimchi Dumplings and the Lasagna. Vegetarian or not, you must give Alibi a try while staying in Sydney.
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spicealley.com.au Spice Alley is tucked out of the way behind the Kensington Street lane way in the Chippendale district. This street food meets lane way open air food court takes you on a culinary journey through a variety of Asian cuisine. Dine on Singaporean dishes at Alex Lee Kitchen, Bang Luck Thai Street Food, Old Jim Keeâ€™s Malaysian spices and Cantonese street food from Hong Kong Diner and that will just get you started. But before you dig in, venture on down the street to Handpicked Cellar Door and grab a bottle of your preferred wine. For me, nothing pairs better with Beef Rendang and Roti than a Margaret River Merlot. Also, make sure you place an order at Shanghai Dumpling Bar. This new addition to the Spice Alley group prepares some of the most delicious dumpling Iâ€™ve eaten. Handmade in unique flavored pastry including pumpkin, spinach and beetroot these dumplings can be cooked potsticker style or boiled. Either way, you will leave wanting more.
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What to Do Top of the list for most people, the Sydney Opera House. I was no different, and the best way to view this landmark is from what is one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. Head down to Circular Quay, there you will find dozens of harbor cruise boats. Or if you want something more person try Sydney Harbour Boat Tours (sydneyharbourboattours.com). They offer 3-hour harbor cruises, or you can charter the boat for the day. With a day charter you can tour the harbor, stop for a catered lunch on a secluded beach and then watch the sunset with champaign and canapĂŠs.
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In for a little adventure, try the Bridge Climb and get an amazing 360 degree view of Sydney. The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Opera House, Hyde Park, Australian Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales all within walking distance and well worth the short stroll. Donâ€™t forget the famous Bondi Beach. Just a short cab ride from downtown this beach is an incredible. If your up for a swim stop by the Bondi Icebergs POOL and do a few laps in what is likely the most photographed pool in the world. For those not splashing around in the ocean, Bondi Beach has lots of shops and restaurant, something for everyone.
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10 Adventures That Go Beyond the Average Bucket List BY: CHOY TEH
Whether you saw the Northern Lights in Iceland long before it became all the rage; to walking the historic Camino de Santiago in Spain; or taking in the sunrise at Angkor Wat, figuring out where to head next can be a challenge. Get away from the heavy traffic in well-trodden destinations and instead, discover a whole new world of adventures that truly go beyond the beaten path. From traversing the rain forests of Borneo, to discovering the complex history of Macedonia, here are 10 experiences by Exodus Travels that will fulfill the seasoned travelerâ€™s passion for discovery and adventure. 12 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
Egypt: Nile Cruise: Egypt is making a comeback and if you want to experience the beauty of ancient stories, well-preserved monuments and an infinite number of antiquities with few tourists around - the time to go is now. Take in classic historical sites such as the Luxor Temple and the Karnak Temple Complex in the Valley of the Kings, before a relaxing journey along the Nile on a cruise boat from Luxor to discover the spectacular Edfu and Kom Ombo temples. Disembark and sail on a traditional Felluca for awe-inspiring views of Aswan and Cleopatra’s unfinished obelisk.
Peru: The Lost City of Choquequirao: Escape the crowds on this challenging, unusual walk through Peru’s mountainous region. This varied trek lead travelers up steep paths through dense cloud forests, over spectacular scenic passes and along ancient Inca paths to Vilcabamba’s best kept secret; the lost Inca city of Choquequirao. Machu Picchu may draw the crowds, but Choquequirao is larger, untouched and very secluded. Much of the city is still unexcavated, but the stonework that has stood the test of time include ritual baths and temples dedicated to the sun, moon and the earth spirit. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 13
Belize: Jungle & Coast Adventure: Belize takes its motto to heart; no shirt, no shoes, no problem! This laid-back country with a lively soul is filled with a complex history and a vibrant local culture. Take a trip down below to a ‘Mayan underworld’ cave system, and swim in sapphire sinkholes. Put on your snorkels to discover a myriad of underwater life. On this trip, cross over into Guatemala to visit two of the world’s most impressive Mayan ruins, Tikal and Uaxactun. Visit the small laid back town of San Ignacio, which was once only accessible by boat, to get a glimpse of the diverse life and culture that is specifically unique to Belize.
Malaysia: Trekking Borneo & Beyond: Borneo is home to some of the most diverse and beautiful wildlife in the whole of South East Asia. Start with a visit to majestic Mt Kinabalu, before heading to the pristine Danum Valley. A nature lover’s paradise, whose beauty and animals are equaled only by Sarawak and the World Heritage Mulu National Park with its immense cave system and the oldest rain forest in the world. Come face to face with Orang-utans at the Sepilok Sanctuary, stay at a bamboo longhouse in Sabah on a tea plantation, and finish the trip relaxing at the beach for a chance to spot the elusive Irrawaddy dolphins. 14 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
Uzbekistan: Uncover the Silk Road: This journey to the heart of Central Asia will take you back to a time across the centuries. Explore the city of Bukhara, which is home to 900 monuments, jeweled colored domes and fascinating Islamic architecture. One of the city’s great landmarks is the Kalyan minaret, known as the death tower, where apparently many an unfaithful wife met a dreadful end. Spend a night in the desert by staying in a traditional Yurt camp and be regaled stories of the local culture by Kazakh nomads. Travel to Samarkand, the jewel of the ancient and modern Silk Road, and still a major trade center of textiles, carpets and works of art in this fascinating country.
Madagascar: Wildlife Paradise: The wildlife of Madagascar is one of the island’s main attractions, and its chief superstar is undoubtedly the lemur with over 70 species spread throughout. Quite a number of the native animals cannot be found anywhere else in the world, such as the Grandidier Mongoose, Appert’s Greenbull and the Crested Ibis. There’s a chance to see the rare Indri, the largest lemur in Andasibele, while in the cloud forest of Ranomafana National Park, catch a glimpse of the elusive rare Golden Bamboo and Greater Bamboo Lemurs. Madagascar also boasts some glorious coastlines, so relax on their white powdery beaches, go snorkeling or a take simple stroll on the sand. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 15
Macedonia: Cultural Journey: A lesserdiscovered cousin of the Balkans, Macedonia has an intense history where influences from the East and West collide. It is famous for ancient civilizations, UNESCO world heritage monasteries and the vibrant cities of Sofia and Skopje. Ottomans, Communists and Romans left their mark during their occupation, which subsequently imprinted many contrasts across the cultural landscape of this country. This Baltic state is also rich in nature with a multitude of national parks, waterfalls, and famous wine regions, and travelers will sample locally grown Macedonian wine in the city of Tikvesh. Foodies will also enjoy discovering the coffee culture in Bitola, and the role it has had on the city in the last few centuries.
Italy: Walking the Francigena Way: AAs trail tourism increases in popularity, The Francigena Way should be next on your list to conquer. This historical journey has been walked by thousands of pilgrims, and was once the route from Canterbury to Rome. It begins in the beautiful city of Orvieto, before walking through Tuscia Laziale, an agricultural region of fields, olive groves and volcanic lakes. Following the ancient Via Cassia, pass through beautiful villages such as Montefiascone, also known as the city of Popes and for its fine wine. Many medieval cities and monasteries fill this path, including thick forests of oaks, abbey ruins, and secluded communities. The journey ends in the Eternal City of Rome. 16 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
West Greenland: Discover Disko Bay: Polar expeditions have grown in popularity over the years, as people want to see glaciers and icebergs in all their glory. This arctic expedition takes a unique spin as it also journeys into local Inuit communities living on the western coast of Greenland. Travelers have the opportunity to delve into the local culture within the icy seas. No journey in Greenland would be complete without a visit to the impressive Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thereâ€™s a vast amount of Arctic wildlife on this route, and the best whale watching can be done on Disko Island, as its surrounding waters are home to the humpback, fin, and minke whales.
Sudan: Desert Explorer: An underrated destination compared to other African nations, Sudan is slowing gaining momentum as an unchartered destination to visit. It has vast red deserts and believe it or not, a large number of ancient pyramids. Built by the rulers of the Kushite kingdoms, they are smaller compared to Egyptian pyramids and are extremely well preserved. The best part is, there are hardly any tourists around so your chances of taking an unobstructed photograph of a pyramid is extremely high. Explore the Temple of Soleb, and capture images of colonial style railway stations still reminiscent of British architecture in the middle of the desert. On top of that, camp under the stars and visit Nubian villages in this out of the way itinerary. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 17
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The Beauty of Australia
BY: GRANT CHARLESWORTH
Australia is blessed with hundreds of picture postcard scenes and Instagram worthy lookouts. If you want to avoid the crowds however, and see some of Australia’s most beautiful places, you need to look a bit beyond the icons. Here are 6 of my favorites...
Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island
Situated on the beautiful and laid back Fraser Island just off Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is Lake Mackenzie. A perched fresh water lake, it boasts crystal clear water and sparkling white sands. It is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Fraser Island is accessible by ferry from Rainbow Beach and the nearby township of Hervey bay. Fraser Island is a popular four wheel drive and recreation destination and is Australia’s biggest sand island. Personally I love Fraser Island and I have visited there often. I actually began my career as a guide on Fraser Island driving day tours from the nearby town of Noosa. The best time to visit Lake Mackenzie is before 12pm or after 3pm as it can get quite busy. And you must dive down and see the small turtles swimming close to the sandy bottom. 20 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
Bay of Fires, Tasmania
Along Tasmaniaâ€™s North East coast is The Bay of Fires. Dominated by sandy white beaches, aqua blue water and huge granite boulders the region is simply stunning. The granite boulders are covered in Orange lichen giving a sharp contrast to the surrounding area. You can walk for miles along secluded beaches free of people giving you the feeling that you are the only one there. I lived in Launceston in the northern part of Tasmania for 3 years so I visited this region frequently. On your way to or from the Bay of Fires you should stop in at the Bakery at the small village of Campbelltown. Australia is well known for its meat pies and the pies from this small bakery are certainly up there with the best in Australia. You can access The bay of Fires via the nearby town of St Helens. If you are feeling adventurous try the 4 day walk.
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Glasshouse Mountains, Sunshine Coast
The Glass House Mountains are a group of awe inspiring hills that rise abruptly from the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, just north of Brisbane. The mountains were actually named by Captain James Cook as he sailed past in them in 1770 as their sheer sides gave an appearance of an English Glass House. The mountains are actually part of a volcanic plug and are now heritage listed as they are so significant to the local area. The views from the top are incredible and best viewing times are at sunrise. The pick is the scenic lookout within the Beerburrum State Forest or if you are feeling more adventurous you can explore one of the many local walking tracks. I have actually completed the walk to the top of Mount Ngungun. This walk is not for the feint hearted and literally goes straight up the side of Mount Ngungun for about half a mile. The other technicality is that I completed the walk in complete darkness as I climbed to see the sunrise. At any time of the day the walk is absolutely worth it but if you are not completely confident in negotiating rocky slopes I would recommend climbing this section during the daylight hours.
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Jervis Bay, South Coast of NSW
Situated on the South Coast of New South Wales, around a stunningly scenic 2.5 hour drive from Sydney along the aptly named Great Scenic Way is Jervis Bay. Famous for its glacier white sand and clear turquoise water, Jervis Bay is a favorite for locals. Unspoiled coastal and country villages feature local produce and arts and craft markets, boutique shops and galleries. This place was a favorite for some of my family members who have been visiting for well over 20 years. I have often joined them with my kids in tow and I must say this is a simply stunning and family friendly destination. If you walk down to the edge of the St George Basin at dusk you can often see the strange phenomenon of what looks like kangaroos hopping on water. Kangaroos go down to shore line to snack on the abundant seaweed that washes ashore. Often they may be standing in a couple inches of water some meters off the dry land. So when startled they hop off and give the impression of hopping on water as they make their way through the shallow water. The area is also teeming with other wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and wombats as well as resident dolphins within Jervis Bay itself. Huskisson or Sussex Inlet are the stand out towns to stay and feature great cafes, restaurants, country pubs and a vast range of accommodation options. Nearby you can also visit the well known areas of Kangaroo Valley, Kiama and Mollymook.
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Karijini National Park, Western Australia
The second largest but most spectacular National Park in Western Australia is the Karijini National Park. Located in the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara region, the park is located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn and 600 miles North West of Perth. Karijini is well known for its eye catching geological features and rich deep outback colors. Immerse yourself amongst the ancient geological formations and you suddenly feel awestruck at the red layered cliffs that line the spectacular gorges eroded by nature over billions of years. I made the trek to the Pilbara a few years ago and the long drive in at some stages felt like we were never going to arrive. But once we did the travel time in was never in question. It was a hot day and we headed straight to the Spa Pool, a natural rock pool to swim. To say this was one of the most amazing places that I have swum is an understatement. And pictures just donâ€™t do it justice, you have got to get there. This part of Australia is quite hard to access and wont suit everyone but it is in incredibly beautiful and worth the effort. The National Park and surrounding area is nothing like anything I have experienced ever before. The Pilbaraâ€™s gum trees, termite mounds and expansive plains give way to picturesque gorges, refreshing waterfalls and the emerald waterholes. 24 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
Zebedee Springs, The Kimberley
Zebedee Springs are located in the El Questro Wilderness Park, in the Kimberly Region of Western Australia. Zebedee Springs are a number of natural thermal springs that sit at the base of sheer sandstone cliffs and are constantly heated at around 36 degrees Celsius or around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The Kimberly is on many peopleâ€™s bucket list of things to do and see while in Australia but visitation is very low. There are many ways to see and experience the Kimberly and I had the incredible pleasure of driving along The Gibb River Road from Kununurra to Derby some years ago. To really engage with the destination, driving the Gibb River Road is by far and away the best way to go. I was able to visit Zebedee Springs which were quite hard to find but once located very easy to get to. The best time to go is before 12pm and pack some drinks and snacks and stay a while. The springs are often closed for sole use of guests staying at El Questro in the afternoon. You will discover a pure oasis in the middle of a dry desert region as you take the short walk from the nearby car park. Sit back and relax and take in the contrasting lush tropical rain forest. Not easy to find or get too but it wouldnâ€™t be special if it was.
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TRAVEL GEAR HOT NEW TRAVEL PRODUCTS
BY: RUSS WALSH
CARE AIR Wireless Tethering System. The Case Air connects and transfers images instantly from your camera to a phone, tablet or computer. Control advanced camera settings including focus points, exposure settings, bracketing, time-lapse, and more. View your images on a larger screen to check critical focus and composition, or use Live View or movie mode for realtime capture to share and collaborate as you create. The travel photographer will love the control found in the Case Remote App for time-lapse frames and bracketing exposures. The app functions are well thought out and easy to navigate. Considering the small size and affordable price, the Case Air should be a â€œmust haveâ€? in every camera bag. tethertools.com 26 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
DRIFTER The portable speaker that is SO much more! Drifter is the Worldâ€™s First Smart Speaker with a built-in operating system, allowing you to access, download, and play your music absolutely anywhere. Leave your phone at home. Drifter has WiFi, Bluetooth and a 16 GB harddrive to store your music and apps. Oh and did I mention that it is waterproof? Take your music with you anywhere. freshetech.com
T-BONE 3-in-1 Car Charger + Power Bank + LED Torch Flashlight The T-BONE is an All-in-One mobile accessory that comes in handy while driving, at home or in the office. The T-BONE delivers convenient 3-in-1 functionality as a Car Charger with 2 USB PORTS + High Capacity Rechargeable Power Bank + LED Torch Flashlight. 2 USB Ports for Phone Charging + Fast Charging Port for Tablets. Rechargeable 2600 mAh Power Bank & Bright LED Torch Flashlight schatzii.com
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Take you iPhone for a swim! ProShot Touch for iPhone The ProShot Touch allows full touch screen compatibility while still remaining waterproof to 50 feet! Multiâ€‘Touch HD Display allows you to see what you are filming at all times. Instantly save, edit, and share your pictures and videos right from your phone. Strap it to chest, bike or surfboard, the ProShot is compatible with all GoPro mounts. proshotcase.com
Pack Less. Experience More. Unbound Merino Stylish, simple Merino wool apparel that can be worn for weeks or even months - without ever needing to be washed. That means you can ditch the big suitcase, because all youâ€™ll need is your carry-on. Unbound Merino stays clean and fresh no matter what you put it through. From the airplane, to the gym, to a night out on the town, you can wear an Unbound Merino T-shirt every single day for weeks on end. That means when packing for a trip, you can drastically cut down the amount of clothing you pack. unboundmerino.com 28 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
Revant F1L Sunglasses Style and Protection! Designed to meet ANSI Z87.1 safety standards for high mass and high-velocity impact protection, and it holds up in the most demanding conditions while still managing to provide total light coverage. The high-wrap design rests perfectly on your face and blocks out headacheinducing periphery light. Revant Elite lenses are premium, precision-crafted lenses that deliver superior clarity and meet the highest quality standards for UV protection and polarization. revantoptics.com
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My first thought of Berlin was a war-torn city with a divided past. That may be its legacy but not the present reality. Creative â€“ architecturally, artistically, and musically best describes Berlin today.
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a photographic journey
Featured Photographer: Scott Baker A born wandererâ€ŚScott has been to 5 of the 7 continents with southern Utah being his favorite place! His mission, to inspire people to travel by sharing images and info about places he has visited.
Website: scottbakerphotography.com Instagram: @scottbakerphotos Equipment: Canon EOS 5DS, EF 24-70mm and EF 70-200mm lenses
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I have visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe several times; yet, I return again and again. I am always struck by its simplistic beauty and historical significance.
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Street art can be found throughout Berlin, especially the Kreuzberg area. Home to creative types, the reminder is everywhere. No visit to Berlin is complete without experiencing this one-of-a-kind neighborhood.
Perhaps the most famous mural depicts Soviet leader Brezhnev and East German President Honecker in full embrace. Painted by Dmitri Wrubel, the slogan reads, â€œMy God Help me to Survive this Deadly Love.â€? 34 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
Art in Berlin is taken to a completely different level, literally! World famous artists create largescale masterpieces throughout the city. The skyline is ever changing with new installations. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 35
This nondescript alley near the Hackescher Market is home to lively bars and colorful graffiti. Seats are often hard to find but thereâ€™s ample room to stroll and admire the art.
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Berlin likely has the largest number of iconic buildings by the worldâ€™s most prominent architects. Along with street art and sculptures, electronic music, and graphic design firms, Berlin is undoubtedly Europeâ€™s creative capital.
The central train station personifies the essence of Berlin. With its light-filled contemporary design, colorful visual displays, and boundless energy. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 37
Built in 1957, the House of World Cultures stands the test of time as an architectural marvel. The Henry Moore sculpture in the reflective pool was too much to pass up for this architecture-loving photographer.
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Berlin is often recognized for its music and art scene; however, contemporary architecture clearly plays a major role in defining the city. Even government buildings are noteworthy for their design.
The Berlin Cathedral was partially destroyed in World War II. The re-built cathedral and other buildings in the Museum Island area are a reminder of Berlinâ€™s pre-war architectural glory. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 39
Molecule Man, by Jonathan Borofsky, is a 100 foot tall (30 meters) sculpture rising out of the Spree River. Art abounds in the most unexpected locations â€“ even the river!
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Berlinâ€™s electronic music scene is universally recognized; however, talented musicians perform all genres of music on street corners, train stations, and many other gathering places. Love that battery-powered megaphone!
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Follonico under the Tuscan Sun BY: GARY KILBY
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Follonico is a unique country house offering an authentic and relaxed Tuscan experience. For those who want to escape the rush, take a slower journey into the heart of Southern Tuscany. Six beautifully restored suites have been created with utmost respect for the history and environment surrounding Follonico. Each morning, delicious, seasonal ingredients are lovingly harvested from Follonicoâ€™s land. Fresh veggies are gathered from the kitchen garden, organic eggs collected from the freerange hens and ducks (...well, sometimes they strike and we need to find alternatives) and home-baked sourdough bread is served warm, straight from the farmhouse kitchen.
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The hillside where Follonico gently rests has been transformed over time into an enchanting natural environment for guests to enjoy. Abundant borders of lavenders and aromatic plants give the garden a touch of romance, whilst climbing roses, jasmines and honeysuckles clamber along ancient stone walls and fill the air with the heady scents of Tuscany. Terracotta pots are planted with Michaelmas daisies, sedums and lilies. Natural borders of rosemary and sage sweep across the land, gently dividing the surrounding gardens into al fresco rooms.
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Enjoy the many secluded corners of the gardens where you can relax with a good book or watch the sunset over the hills and valleys of Montepulciano. Savor a glass of Brunello under the shade of a Wisteria laden pergola or simply spend a lazy day under the gentle warmth of the Tuscan sun. follonico.com TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 45
VOLCANO BY: MIKE PEREA
Mike Perea is a travel and landscape photographer that loves to tell the stories of the beautiful places around the world through dramatic and impactful imagery. Equipment: Nikon D850 and various Nikon lenses. Website: mikepereaphotography.com Instagram: @mikepereaphotography
In early May, Hawaiiâ€™s Kilauea volcano began erupting, dramatically spewing out lava bombs, spurting huge plumes of ash and volcanic smog, and oozing out so much lava. Mike Perea was there to capture this event came away with some very compelling images. 46 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
Lava enters the ocean in Kapoho Bay, creating brand new land. This is exactly how the Hawaiian Islands were created. Violent, destructive, yet very beautiful. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 47
Steam from the 2000 degree lava meeting the ocean separates, revealing the molten lava below.
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Lava enters the ocean, creating steam and littoral explosions that sometimes reached hundreds of feet high. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 49
An entire neighborhood was once right here. Now, all that is left is small islands of houses and trees. 50 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
Fissure 8 Neighborhood - The sight of looking down from the helicopter and seeing houses and trees surrounding an erupting volcano is something Iâ€™ll never forget.
As the lava enters the ocean from the Kilauea eruption, steam rises 2000ft into the air, creating pyrocumulus clouds.
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The lava river splits in two, making its way 8 miles from fissure 8, down to what used to be Kapoho Bay.
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BY: AMANDA SOUFI
Sometimes you just need to get away. Whatever your reason for needing to hit a hard-stop on your daily hustle there is a destination that can help you reconnect with nature while offering endless adventure with a beautiful backdrop. Welcome to Belize. Boasting the title of the â€œadventure coast,â€? Belize sits on the 560-kilometre long Mesoamerican reef, offering some of the best snorkeling, diving and swimming spots anywhere in the world. With such amazing marine secrets to be explored there is no better way to spend your time in Belize than aboard your own private luxury yacht, bringing the ocean right to your doorstep. The Moorings have put together their list of top reasons to vacation in Belize. 54 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
For a small country Belize is home to a surprising amount of different species of animals. Your best bet for checking out those native to the country is at The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center, where you can spot jaguars, tapirs, howler monkeys and many more that have either been rehabilitated, orphaned, rescued, or born at the zoo. Want a truly unique experience? Sail over to Gales Point where local guides will show you the best spots to observe manatees and the Hawksbill turtles, two of Belizeâ€™s most endangered species.
Get back to nature with a once in a lifetime getaway
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Stretch out your sea legs and learn about ancient cultures with a day trip to one of Belize’s numerous Mayan ruins. Once known as the epicenter of Maya civilization, Belize offers the highest concentration of archaeological sites in Mesoamerica including Altun Ha, Xunantunich and Lamanai. Explore the Sacred temples, pyramids and other ancient structures amongst luscious jungle backdrops. Whether you’re an experienced diver or a first-time snorkeler you will be astonished at the sheer amount of activity “under the sea.” The Belize barrier Reef System is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for good reason. Comprised of seven protected areas this reef is home to over 500 different species of tropical fish, along with whale sharks and manatees. With many of the best spots being reachable only by boat you can enjoy easy access whenever you like. Belize offers a unique fusion of Caribbean chill with Central American flair. Drop anchor at the small island of Caye Caulker and you will discover a village full of brightly colored houses and friendly faces. Take in the unique artisan shops, reggae music and enjoy fresh lobster at one of the local restaurants. 56 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
Itâ€™s easy to forget when you have endless things to see and do on vacation to sit back, take it easy and just enjoy yourself. It doesnâ€™t matter if you opt for a bareboat, skippered or fully crewed charter experience you can tailor your vacation to be exactly what you need. Whether you prefer to chill out on the pristine, white-sand beaches, hop off the deck to explore under the sea, or just sit back and read a book with a cocktail in hand, chartering in Belize offers you the perfect chance to reconnect with nature and take some time for yourself.
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Zero Waste Travel BY: JILLIAN DICKENS
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Natural Habitat Adventures is spearheading the world’s first zero waste trip—a travel-industry first. On the July 6-12, 2019 departure of Safari America: Yellowstone Country, 14 travelers will join this pioneering endeavor in which Nat Hab’s goal is to divert (refuse, recycle, compost, upcycle, or reuse) 99 percent or more of all waste produced as part of Nat Hab sponsored trip operations.* With the World’s First Zero Waste Adventure, Nat Hab aims to fit all waste produced on the trip into a single small container at the end, nearly eliminating the need to send any materials to a landfill or incinerator.
Trip leaders will encourage travelers to refuse potential waste whenever possible, such as declining disposable straws or individually packaged condiments, minimizing the waste they produce along the route while in vehicles, lodges and camps throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
hard-to-recycle items through TerraCycle; composting napkins and biodegradable food waste; and buying food in bulk. Waste reduction begins even before the trip starts, with travelers receiving digital versions of all pre-trip materials, including forms to complete and the daily itinerary.
The company has devised various strategies to limit trash: providing travelers with a zero waste toolkit that includes personal reusable items such as water bottles, mugs, cutlery and tote bags; transporting packed meals in reusable containers; recycling single-use packaging, including
While realizing this zero waste goal won’t be easy, Nat Hab is committed to setting a new standard for the travel industry. By demonstrating that it is possible to operate a zero waste adventure, the company hopes to motivate other operators to improve their own waste management practices
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and pursue similar innovations. Nat Hab also expects to learn lessons the company can apply across its other trips in destinations worldwide. “One way we’re dedicated to protecting the planet is to inspire the travel industry to become more sustainable,” said Natural Habitat Adventures Founder & President Ben Bressler. “Our goal is to continually raise the bar on conservation, and our first zero waste adventure will show that it’s possible
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to reduce our environmental impact while providing an exceptional experience for our guests.” Nat Hab wants its zero waste ethos to extend beyond the trip itself. By inspiring its travelers and partners to make conscious choices about waste in their everyday lives and business practices, Nat Hab aims to create a long-lasting ripple effect. Given that the average American produces 4.4 pounds of trash per day, Nat Hab recognizes there’s much room
for improvement. When travelers witness the effectiveness of waste reduction on vacation, they learn how to reduce or eliminate disposables at home, too. “We encourage the travel industry to follow Nat Hab’s lead to mitigate its impact, protect the earth’s precious natural resources, and educate travelers about how they can do their part,” said Jim Sano, World Wildlife Fund Vice President, Travel & Conservation.
This groundbreaking project is the latest endeavor to further Nat Habâ€™s legacy of leadership in ecotourism. In 2007, it became the worldâ€™s first carbon-neutral travel company. Nat Habâ€™s carbon offset program has offset more than 34.5 million pounds of CO2 emissions generated on its global nature adventures. The company is also dedicated to eliminating single-use plastic water bottles and straws on all its trips. Since 2014, Nat Hab has provided
travelers with refillable stainless steel water bottles, replacing disposable plastic bottles across all operations. And it is currently achieving major strides in reducing the use of plastic straws. By August 2018, 67 percent of Nat Hab trips were plastic-strawfree, and the company is on target to eradicate plastic straws from at least 90 percent of its trips by the end of the year, with a goal of eliminating them entirely in 2019.
Natural Habitat Adventures is the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, a relationship formed in 2003 that has since provided more than $4 million in contributions to WWF from Nat Hab. To learn more about zero waste adventure, visit nathab.com
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Off The Grid In New Zealand BY: PAUL HOLMAN
Drop your phone, ditch the tablet, and enjoy the peace of being tech-free in these out-of-the-way New Zealand destinations. At these spectacular off-the-grid locales, you can surround yourself with nature and the incredible embrace of silence. 62 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
The most comfortable way to be fully wrapped up in nature, a PurePod is pretty special â€“ and this is a full-on opportunity to immerse yourself. The "pods" are made entirely from glass, and this includes floors and ceilings. While they don't have television or Internet coverage, they do feature the most advanced environmentally friendly tech available for the generation of power and disposal of waste. PurePods (purepods.com) are integrated into the breathtaking natural environments they inhabit (there are four locations around the Christchurch region) and feature views of the sea, mountains, rivers and the glorious southern night sky.
Peas in a Glass Pod
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The pristine Mackenzie Country offers unimpeded views of the glorious southern night sky. SkyScape (skyscape.co.nz) at Omahau Hill Station offers visitors the opportunity to soak up the stars in a SkyBed â€“ a recessed, ground-level bed underneath a roof of glass. Meanwhile, outside there's a 2m-long bath crafted from steel and cedar and fed by a nearby freshwater spring. Enjoy the scrub- and tussock-strewn landscape by day, and when darkness falls, watch the universe unfold in all of its star-studded glory.
Sky's the Limit
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Hours from anywhere, Wilderness Lodge (wildernesslodge.co.nz/newzealand) is situated on the banks of Lake Moeraki, in the heart of the South Island's World Heritage-listed Te Wahipounamu area. It's wilderness accommodation with all the comforts you require, including spa baths and private decks. You can walk on the beach, soak up the stillness of the lake, or enjoy guided tours of the ancient forests that surround the site. There's also a restaurant on site with an outlook as good as the food.
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With no road access and accessible only by aerial cable car or river boat), The Flying Fox (theflyingfox.co.nz), near Whanganui, is ideal for unplugging. Located on the mighty Whanganui River, there is a range of accommodation options to suit all tastes. The Whanganui River is a mystical and magical place, rich in both Maori and European history, and it's extremely meditative to watch the deep green waters flow by. There's not much else to do here apart from walking through the bush and soaking up the scenery, but that's the joy of the place.
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Island Life Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf is a hidden gem just 30 minutes by plane from Auckland. Mount St. Paul Estate (mountstpaulestate.co.nz) is set on more than 40ha of pristine native bush and features a range of accommodation options and excellent food. The island has bush, beach, hot springs and mountains, and also offers great surf. All of the rooms on the estate have central heating, plus elevated views over the nearby sea.
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FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO SHOP
Top Fashion Destinations
PARIS The city of love has long been regarded as a fashion capital of the world, from the exclusive runways of Paris Fashion Week to the designer clad stores along the exquisite Champs-Élysées. But there is more to this glamorous city than expensive labels. Venture to one of Paris’ pop-up fashion markets to get style advice from some of the chicest Parisians in town. Where to stay: Stay in the heart of Paris at La Clef Louvre, located opposite the Comédie-Française and just a short walk from the Louvre Museum and Jardin des Tuileries. Once you’re done with the shopping scene, check out the fine art museums and delicious food options in the area. 68 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
BOOKING.COM STYLE AMBASSADOR CHRISTIAN COWAN “There are so many incredible fashion capitals, the most dominant for me are Dubai, Las Vegas and Rome. Dubai has an extreme sense of opulence that is envied on globally. Las Vegas is the ultimate place to have fun and Rome is super chic and refined, and the style there represents that to a tee,” - “I think it’s fun to visit places outside the traditional style capitals, some of these cities are up and coming, and totally experimental, so it’s a fun environment to sample new style personally.”
NEW YORK CITY Whether you are on the hunt for a vintage treasure or avant-garde designer merchandise, New York City (NYC) is the place to be. Aside from the invite-only catwalks during New York Fashion Week, this city is home to some of the world’s most famous and largest department stores: Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Barneys and Saks. For something a little different, take a stroll along Lower East Side (previously dubbed the bargain district) and stop by vintage stores and flea markets for a spot of savvy shopping. Nolita is the place to see and to be seen for high fashion at high prices, or stop by the open air Green Flea Market for a vintage gem. Where to stay: Located within walking distance from the iconic Soho, Greenwich Village and Union Square neighborhoods are the trendy East Village Apartments. After hitting the shops, book tickets to the theatre, go sightseeing or visit a fine art museum.
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LONDON London’s unique allure is impossible to define and is a playground for fashionistas and shopaholics. From the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus offering every style of shop and brand you can think of, the quirky market stores of Camden, to the premium boutiques and designer labels along the exclusive King’s Road in Chelsea. There is something to suit everyone’s style — and budget. Where to stay: No1 The Mansions By Mansley are self-catering and fancy apartments situated in the luxurious borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Guests will love this home away from home stay. After you’ve hit the streets of London for shopping, other top things to do in the capital include sightseeing, learning about London’s history and visiting the theatre.
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MILAN If there’s one city that’s worthy of the fashion capital crown it’s Milan, home to the prestigious Milan Fashion Week. The perfect place for fashionistas, Milan is the capital of Italian and international fashion. The Quadrilatero d’Oro (known as the golden rectangle) is home to some of the world’s most luxurious boutiques. Walk one of the most expensive and prestigious streets in the world, Via Monte Napoleone, or opt for the bustling trade fair of Milano Unica. Where to stay: Located in Milan’s city center, with the Milan Fashion District a short walk away, is the charming Moscova Luxury B&B, featuring airy bedrooms, a shared lounge and kitchen. Besides shopping, Milan is also highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for its cathedrals, ancient landmarks and city walks.
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TOKYO Similar to the studded skyscraper skyline, Tokyo fashion is on another level. The challenge to any shopper in Tokyo is knowing where to look. Shibuya is Tokyo’s liveliest shopping neighborhood from fashion boutiques to department stores. Harajuku is the place to be for vibrant street style, with its fashionably kawaii and eccentric charm. Dubbed as Tokyo’s Champs-Élysées, Omotesando Avenue oozes luxury dedicated to designer fashion, or for something a little different Nihonbashi is home to generations-old department stores and specialty shops. Where to stay: A trip to Tokyo is incomplete without a traditional Ryokan stay. The Miyabiyado Takemine features modern Japanese décor in the heart of Tokyo. In addition to its vibrant fashion scene, Booking.com travelers love Tokyo for its friendly locals, culture and convenient public transport.
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DUBAI It’s no surprise that Dubai is on the list of fashion hot spots. The Dubai Shopping Mall is home to over a thousand stores, a spectacular four-story waterfall, a huge aquarium and even an Olympic sized ice rink. This mini-city houses brands from across Europe and the US and holds the first Bloomingdales outside the US. The Bur Dubai Souk is famous for its collection of colorful fabrics and textiles and the surrounding streets are full of tailoring and sari shops. In addition to the stores, Dubai is famous for its shopping festivals, such as the Dubai Shopping Festival for the entirety of January every year, attracting thousands of shoppers from around the world. Where to stay: Feel like royalty with a stay at the JA Oasis Beach Tower Apartments. Situated on Dubai’s famous The Walk on Jumeirah Beach Residence just steps away from Jumeirah Beach, with endless shopping, dining and leisure facilities. Once you’ve hit the shops check out Dubai’s beautiful beaches, tasty food and vibrant nightlife as endorsed by Booking.com travelers.
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BARCELONA The shopping scene in Barcelona is diverse, from high-street fashion, exclusive one-of-a-kind designs to colorful and authentic Spanish apparel. Travelers will love Barcelona’s shopping line, one of Europe’s largest retail areas (five kilometers long to be exact). Top hot spots include Mercat La Boqueria, the colors and atmosphere are what brings this market to life and La Maquinista, the most recent addition to Barcelona’s many shopping malls. When visiting a destination for its fashion and style appeal, global travelers revealed key criteria includes a cool food scene (52%), so it’s no wonder Barcelona makes the list with their delicious al fresco tapas scene. Where to stay: La Casa Gran B&B is a traditional bed and breakfast, ideally located a short walk away from Passeig de Gràcia and Gaudi's La Pedrera. Other top reasons to visit Barcelona, as endorsed by Booking.com travelers, include sightseeing, food and beaches.
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LOS ANGELES Los Angeles (LA) has long been the hub and home of A-list stars and the most dazzling of parties such as the Oscars, making a name for itself in the fashion world. Check out the Fashion District in Downtown LA for wholesalers and designers, Melrose Avenue for fabulous boutiques and the iconic Rodeo Drive for the finest of fashion labels. Where to stay: Experience world-class service at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, situated in Beverly Hills and just a short drive from Rodeo Drive. Once youâ€™ve hit the shops, check out the beaches, art museums and array of restaurants that this city has to offer. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 75
LAS VEGAS Las Vegas has always been the destination for bringing out people’s wild sides, with the famous saying, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” So why not embrace this free spirit attitude to your style? The Forum Shops at Caesars is arguably one of the largest and elaborate malls along the Strip, or head to Las Vegas North Premium Outlets for savvy shopping. When visiting a destination for its fashion and style appeal, global travelers revealed key criteria includes great nightlife (40%) which is unavoidable in this city that never sleeps. Where to stay: Signature Rental by Owner Direct are set in the Las Vegas strip just 750 yards from Crystals Shopping Center. After spending the day shopping, relax in your hot tub and fluffy bathrobe. Booking.com travelers’ top endorsements for Las Vegas include entertainment, gambling and people watching.
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ROME The designer powerhouses Versace, Armani and Prada have upheld the reputation of Italian fashion for decades. Rome, Italy’s so-called ‘eternal city’ may no longer be in the shadow of Milan. Offering everything from haute couture to flea markets. Via Condotti is the place for high fashion, or aspirational window shopping. Via del Corso is good for high-street staples and Porta Portese is one of the largest flea markets in Europe, open every Sunday from 7am until 1pm. When visiting a destination for its fashion and style appeal, global travelers revealed key criteria includes stunning architecture (44%) and you can’t help but stop and stare at every turn exploring the incredible streets of Rome. Where to stay: The Bricks Rome is a stylish hostel with rooms that feature balconies (perfect for taking those fashionforward selfies), a shared large outdoor terrace with sun loungers, a lounge and private bathrooms. Booking.com travelers’ top endorsements for Rome are sightseeing, history and food.
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